Product Description: This original 1942 German Automobile Society Sport Shirt Emblem is an attractive wartime patch. The front features a German eagle superimposed with a swastika, above a partial wreath of laurel leaves and a bar emblazoned with “1942,” all within a round border. The graphics are perfectly Bevo machine woven in bold gold and black thread. Most organizations did not indicate the year on their sports insignia, which adds extra interest to this pattern. The back of this automobile society sports shirt emblem shows details of the Bevo construction. The thin backing cloth has been neatly trimmed around the edges of the woven design. This patch shows no sign of wear and is almost certainly an unissued example. It’s a great design that looks great with other wartime civil regalia items, and this one is still in excellent condition.
Historical Description: Physical fitness and competition were two concepts that were highly valued in the ideology of the Third Reich. All kinds of sports clubs and organizations flourished in the years before WWII, with larger Reich level organizations supervising athletics, promoting events and issuing awards for sport achievement. The various Nazi era civil, political, military and paramilitary organizations also promoted or even mandated exercise and sports for their members. To facilitate this, these organizations instituted sport uniforms, which typically included sport shoes, and for warm weather, shorts and a knit tank top with a woven emblem specific to that organization. In cold weather, the sport uniform generally included dark colored knit trousers and a sweatshirt, usually also with the sports-specific organizational emblem. The woven organizational emblem patch used on the sports patch was often a rather large patch, making these appealing souvenirs for Allied troops as they swept into Germany. Some types of the sports patches are very common today, though intact sports clothing is rarer, and some sports emblems for smaller organizations, made in limited numbers, are very rare.
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